SOFIA, BULGARIA- Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Exhibition (BEGE Expo), which was held for the seventh time on 21 and 22 October, 2014 at Inter Expo Center, Sofia, gathered again together under one roof innovative solutions, new technologies, various business opportunities and rich entertainment program. Over 3000 visitors were able to immerse themselves in the fascinating atmosphere of the gaming business, to learn about the latest technological innovations in the sector and to try different entertainment options that accompanied the event. The exhibition was opened by Ognemir Mitev – Chairman of the State Commission on Gambling, and Angel Iribozov – Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian Trade Association of Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry (BTAMOGI).
Among exhibiting companies producing traditional casino equipment and gaming machines, peripherals and casino management systems, were leaders of the industry scuh as Abbiati, Casino Technology, AlfaStreet Trade BG, APEX Gaming, Bulgames, Alfastreet Gaming Instruments – Pockaj, Interblock, Intergames, Casino System Production, Novo Invest Bulgaria EOOD – NOVOMATIC Group, Gold Club, Suzo-Happ, StylGame, Casino Game Innovation, Hong Yen Technologics Inc, VNE Srl, Noble Gaming, Vartec, JPL and Rodiz.
New technologies for online and remote betting also found a significant place at the exhibition, presented by companies such as UB Gaming, DBG LIMITED, Casino Technology Interactive, VNE srl, Hong Yen Technologics, Casino System Production, Aurostar, Vartec and GTECH.
Besides numerous business opportunities, the exhibition offered a rich entertainment program. The beauty contest Miss Gaming BEGE was held for the third consecutive year. Seventeen finalists represented brands of leading Bulgarian casinos and gaming clubs, as well as a Serbian one. The winner and runner-ups were announced and awarded at a ceremony during the party of BEGE 2014 organizers held in Playground Paradise Center, Sofia.
The party was attended by young singers Viara Atova who take the role of host, Yoanna Dragneva and NewX dancers, which further warmed up the mood. Pleasant emotions continued with bowling tournament with the participation of exhibitors’ teams from several countries. First place was won by the company Kamenitza, followed by teams of Advansys (second) and Apex Gaming (third).
After a close vote the representative of Queens club was announced winner of Miss Gaming BEGE 2014 contest. First runner-up became the representative of the gambling halls of Sesame. Jury chose Miss Casion Luxor for second runner-up. The prize for Audience’s favorite went to Miss Sesame. Representative of Palms Bet was designated as Face of Palms Spa, and Miss Eldorado Slot Club – Belgrade was chosen for Face of Fitness and aerobics center Gedon.
The traditional BEGE Awards for special achievements in the gaming industry were presented during the second day of the exhibition. With awards for companies with a long-years contribution to the development of the gaming industry in Bulgaria were presented Alfastreet Trade BG, Casino Technology, JPL Ltd, Casino Game Innovation and Decart Ltd. Casino Systems Production, Novo Invest Bulgaria EOOD – NOVOMATIC Group, Mega Fun, 3 Fon Impex, Bulgames Ltd, DBG Limited, VNE Srl, UB Gaming, Vartec Ltd, Aurostar doo , Hong Yen Technologics Inc, eCasino.bg received awards for companies participating for the first time at BEGE Expo.
Honorary diploma for companies supporting the Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo were presented to AlfaStreet Trade BG, Advansys doo, Fininvest doo, Future Gaming Europe AB, Interservice Uzunovi AV, BetConstruct. The award for most attractive booth went to BetConstruct and DBG Limited.
A discussion of gambling operators with the State Commission on Gambling took place for the third year. Among the main topics were latest developments of the gaming industry amid recent legislative changes and rapid introduction of online operators at Bulgarian market.
During the two days of exhibition visitors and guests had the opportunity to try a variety of drinks, gourmet cuisine and free massages. For those looking for entertainment there was a special area with games, simulators and table football.
The exhibition ended with positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors. The seventh edition of BEGE Expo once again confirmed its positions as a very important initiative supporting the development of industry and providing valuable information on the latest innovations in Eastern Europe.
Bulgaria has a serious potential to become a leader in the online gaming industry in Central and Eastern Europe. This opinion was shared by leading experts and representative of international organization at the Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS), which was held in Sofia between 20 and 21 October along with BEGE Expo.
The 7th edition of the forum was opened by the chairman of Bulgarian Trade Association of Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry (BTAMOGI) Angel Iribozov and the chairman of the Bulgaria’s State Commission on Gambling Ognemir Mitev. In his opening remarks Angel Iribozov pointed out that the aim of the association had been not only to follow the last tends, but also to set the agenda and provoke debates on the future of the sector. According to Ognemir Mitev, the conference was a great opportunity to exchange information and practice on the manufacturing, operating and regulations of gaming business.
Harrie Temmink, Deputy Head of Unit Online and Postal Services, European Commission, provided a synopsis of the activities of the Commission for unification of national standards in the gambling industry. He appealed to national governments to consult with Brussels before adopting gambling laws.
Speakers at the panel on online gaming in Bulgaria pointed out that Bulgaria’s regulations could serve as an example for many other countries, creating prerequisites to become a leader in the online gaming across the region. According to Konrad Gill, director iGaming of the Bulgarian manufacturer of gaming equipment and content Casino Technology, the main challenge is to restrict unlicensed online operators, and in the same time to not place unnecessary restrictions on licensed companies.
Conference program included a wide range of topics such as European standards and regulatory frames in the gaming industry, social and mobile gaming, gambling market and tourism, the future of the poker and lotteries, responsible gambling, etc.
BEGE Expo – the most important exhibition in the gaming, entertainment and leisure industry in the Balkans that has been bringing together exhibitors and visitors from around the world for seven years. The exhibiting companies present products and services used in the operation of hotels and casinos, entertainment centers, shopping centers, restaurants, bars and etc. as well as solutions from the marketing sector, digital technologies, mobile applications, security and control systems, vending equipment and others.
EEGS – the most important forum in Eastern Europe that gathers representatives of international organizations from the gaming industry in Europe and beyond, as well as regulators, operators, manufacturers, gaming attorneys, professionals and all interested in keeping pace with the changing gaming standards, new horizons and marketing perspectives in Eastern Europe.